FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Daniel Gafford tipped in Anton Beard’s 8-footer with 15 seconds left to give the Hogs a 66-65 win against Oklahoma State in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.
In a game that saw neither team lead by more than one possession in the last 12 minutes, 17 seconds of the game, the Razorbacks won their 10th one possession game in the last 11 tries.
Oklahoma State jumped out on the Hogs, scoring nine-straight points to put pressure on Arkansas. The Razorbacks responded with their own form of pressure. Arkansas rattled off eight straight in a span of 44 seconds to pull within one early. After senior guard Jaylen Barford hit the first shot for Arkansas, the Razorbacks were able to set up their full court press, causing two Cowboy turnovers, leading to Arkansas scores.
Oklahoma State used an 15-3 run of its own to extend the Cowboy lead to the largest of the game at 13. The Razorbacks would respond to cut it to a five-point deficit with a 10-2 run.
Coming off the bench for the third straight game, senior guard Daryl Macon provided a spark for the Razorbacks on the offensive end of the floor. Macon finished the first half with a game-high 13 points, going 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc.
Oklahoma State would take a 40-32 lead into the half.
To begin the second half, the Razorbacks and Cowboys would go back and forth for the first three-plus minutes of the period. Arkansas would turn the pressure back up, forcing five turnovers in a span of less than three minutes to help Arkansas go on a 12-0 run and claim its first lead of the game at 51-50. Following the Cowboys hit two free throws to reclaim the lead, freshman guard Darious Hall made a heads-up play to get the steal and score an easy lay-up.
For the final 12 minutes and 17 seconds of the game, neither team would hold a lead larger than one possession. Following two free throws by OSU, Arkansas found itself down 65-64 with 22 seconds play.
• The Razorbacks snapped a five-game losing streak against Oklahoma State, giving the Razorbacks their first victory against the Cowboys in 46 seasons.
• Arkansas improved to 31-6 in its last 37 games in Bud Walton Arena.
• The Razorbacks are tied for the fourth-most home wins in the country during the Mike Anderson era at 106.
• In the fifth annual #BIG12SEC Challenge, Arkansas is improved to 2-2 all-time in the event, including 2-0 in Bud Walton Arena.
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